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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Seaquest B&B in Yachats, Or

After 10 years of being with my kids every day, my wonderful husband took me on a trip with just the two of us to our favorite beach on the Oregon coast.
I'll admit, at first the thought was terrifying.  You see, we don't really have family that can watch all four of our kids.  Lorena, David's mom, had never done this task all by hersef.  But after I had my concussion in November, I realized that she is very capable.  And off we went!

The Seaquest B&B is where we had previously stayed, before kids.  We had loved it there and it has one of our favorite agate beaches right outside the door.  The owners had changed but the reviews were still excellent, so this time we stayed in the suite.  Dave and I loved it.  It wasn't even strange to be without the kids.  And although I thought I'd sleep in every morning, I didn't.  Well, until 7:30am, so technically that is sleeping in.
The waves outside are always calming to me.  How that is, is a mystery as they would swallow us whole were we out there!  Blessed ignorance?  We stayed around our B&B for most of the time, only really for one trip to Waldport to find little something for Nathan and grandma (unsuccessful).

We found great coffee at the Hilltop in and a great sandwhich, although skip the chowder.  The best food of the trip was at Heidi's Italian Diner where Dave had the best lasagna he's ever had.  And he's had a lot.  
We spent hours scouring the beach along our B&B, searching for treachures.  This time if year is great for this and we ended up with quite a haul.  Even just half an hour excursions yielded quite a bit.  At Cape Lookout, a short trip (due to daylight ending) gifted us with full pockets of the more white and blue agates (really they are chalcedony as they aren't banded).  The beach by the B&B had more of a reddish tone, I belief called sardonyx?  Both are gorgeous.  We also found a vast number of seashells and Abby's favorites were abundant at the B&B.  We've already planned some crafts with them.

Dave noticed that the little river were we look for rocks had changed its path this time of year.  The waves were great, the weather fantastic, even sunny one day.  It was perfect.

And that was indeed a bold eagle!  Just hanging out by the ocean.  It stood so still the whole time the waves went up to it, which made me think it needed help.  But it was perfectly fine, just enjoying the beach.

Dave made me a fire every night.  So lovely and relaxing and warm.  We could see the fishing boats in the distance because of their lights.  Our suite was very lovely .  I miss it already.  :-)

The B&B from the outside.  Dave and I spent so most of our time here.  I loved this trip and it was so lovely to spend time with just my husband.  It was great and it will be cherished for a long, long time. 

Thanks my love!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Nathan saying something funny.  
Mom: "Nathan you are funny."  
Nathan: "I'm not trying to be funny, I'm just naturally funny."

Mom: "Nathan, pay attention. I'm being very funny acting out the Latin vowel sounds."
Nathan: "Oh, I didn't notice you were being funny...."

Monday, January 9, 2017

InstantPot Chicken Broth for Chicken Noodle Soup

1 whole organic chicken (organic chicken will give you a much better flavor), cleaned and cut into 4-5 big sections
2 onions, peeled and quartered
4 stalks celery, wiped and chopped
2 carrots, washed, bottoms and tips cut off
1 TBSP salt

Turn InstantPot to Saute.  Put oil in pot and saute veggies up to a slight char.  Add chicken and fill up with water until just below Max line.  Cook 45 on the chicken meat setting.  Once cooked, sift through fine-meshed colander and add salt to hot/warm broth.  Pull apart chicken.  When dinner is needed, use wanted amount of chicken broth to cook egg noodles and add wanted amount of chicken.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Homeschool Funnies

History Test on the First Kinds of England
Britain is divided into four parts.  Name them.
Abigail: Wales, England, Ireland and either Delaware or Scottland.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Our Lives Lately

Our lives have been crazy this year, starting with Abby's fainting.  There were two ER trips for Dave, a scoliosis diagnosis, Nathan had his second concussion, there was All-Stars and a trip to Seattle area for 1 week to go along with that, there were multiple car troubles, sick children over and over, a sinus infection, an ear infection, much anxiety by a mama stretched to her limits and who seems to ever be exhausted, two ER trips by a mama with a concussion and now the aftermath of the concussion, trying to do my best homeschooling and doing daily mama work the best I can.  After all, adversity builds character.  And I'm not being sarcastic when I say that,  It makes you stronger.  And according to the song my girls love to sing and what my mama used to preach: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  And that woman went through more than most ever will in a lifetime, so I'm listenen when she talks.  But let me tell you, Charlie, I can't wait to put this year behind us.  Less than 30 days to go.  :-)

But here are all the reasons that make me not throw in the towel and curl up in bed when I think I can't handle anymore (plus that awesome man by my side - unfortunately no pictures of him in here....)

That cutest of gray kittens is ruling our house.  My friend Kathy G. told me this would happen.  She was so right.  :-)  But it's in a good way.  That little things has all six of us (yes, even Dave), wrapped around its little paws.  The boy who always (ALWAYS) moves will lay down by the back door on the carpet to get snuggles.  Or won't move for hours while he has a kitty sleeping in his lap.

A photo op.  Nathan took this picture of the kitty using Nathan's smart phone to talk to Oma on What's App.

As per Isabelle, kitty needed a kitty to sleep with.  That only makes sense.  Isabelle would hold the kitty literally all day long.  We have to make her let it go.  

Copper loves his little friend and they play a lot (when no one is holding the kitten).  It is amusing to watch them.  Either Copper will go up to the sleeping kitten and use his snout to move the whole tiny thing across the floor until he wakes up and plays with him.  Or kitty will attack the sleeping dog by jumping on his snout and wrapping himself around it and attacking by biting until the dog sleepily gets up and plays along.

K'Nex are just awesome.  They now have Nerf-gun-like sets that Nathan adores.  He builds his own guns and adds little extras to them.  They have quickly become even more popular than the actual Nerf guns.

Just a cute picture of Miss Isabelle, who is growing her hair out.  She wanted to have hair like Rapunzel from Tangled.  So she is growing that never-ending hair.

Hannah decided that it was time for the kitty to go potty and brought it to the litterbox.  She cracks me up.  She'll carry the kitten and hum songs to it while bouncing it up and down.  We keep trying to teach her that kittens don't like to bounce.  But the kitten doesn't seem to mind.  It's a pretty chill cat. 

Homeschool madness.  This year, I'm trying to make school more fun.  It is stressing me big time getting all the fun activities in but it is so worth it.  This was a pretty fun one for the Maori Warriors of New Zealand.  It was fairly easy to do as well.  As you can see, Abby more than enjoyed doing this and getting into character.  We did something similar for the Celts and while they wouldn't remember anythings about the Celts if it were just for the chapter we did, they will immediately recall everything once I remind them of the blue swirls in their faces.  We've also done Merovingian brooches (cloisonne), Viking brooches.  The kids are loving this and making some as these for Christmas gifts.  It is really fun seeing them enjoying the extras so much.  I'm grateful our program allows me to pay for these projects for the kids.

Little girl learned how to put her shoes on by herself.

Here is her very proud face after she put her shoes on by herself.  Oh, how I love that little face.  It is so much like Dave's but so much cuter (sorry, babe).  

There are sooooo many blessings in my life, including the most fun red-headed 9-year old I have every known (no photos of her either).  It is easy to get distracted by everything that is making you weary and tired and wearing you down.  But we need to be thankful in everything.  And that most certainly helps.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Halloween 2016

Our neighbors down the road moved out of town.  Bummer.  But we try to get the kids together and enjoy each others company whenever we can.  So Halloween was a perfect opportunity for some deeeelicious Pho and some major candy.
I'm actually amazed at how we did with costumes this year because the only person who was actually asked what they wanted was Nathan.  Him and Treuce had decided weeks before that they would be assassins.  Yes, a mom's dream come true.  They were thinking along the lines of Ninjas when no one had an actual ninja costume and they were hard to come by, the theme evolved. They ended up deciding to make their own costumes and well, the girls definitely were way cuter!  ;-)  

This picture is such a story of my girls.  Abby, the big mommy. Hannah, ever the helper.  Isabelle, always up to something no one else has thought of.  :-)  That picture makes me laugh.

This girl is just the cutest.   We had to take the kitty make-up off though because she was literally too stressed to keep it and not being able to touch her nose.  She still puts her finger on her nostrils when she is tired or really relaxed.  So the thought of messing the costume up or not being able to put her finger on her nostril, was just too much to bear.

There he is, the assassin.  Why such a person wears gold bead necklaces, I do not know.  It was funny though.  We actually bought him a whole costume but he chose to just take the mask.  While at the store looking at costumes, he was utterly fascinated with the mask.  He made me wear it in the store to confirm that one truly could not see the wearers face even though the wearer could see perfectly well.  That completely and utterly boggled his mind.

The whole gang.  Warmed by delicious pho, made by Lintha, and some pizza for some of the kids, we braved this town.  Eunice was the cutest little pirate and Treuce thought the Scream mask was quite awesome.  Be aware, Elsa is spraying you with ice.  Hannah is starting to lick the basket, time to get some candy.

Isabelle just cracks me up.   She was probably the most excited of all the kids.

Yep, stuffed those cheeks with candy.  Secretly too.  I opened the door to let her out and like she knew, she tried to act normal.  However, for some reason, she couldn't answer any questions.  It was funny seeing her try though.

My happy crew.  Tired but candy-happy.  Sugar-induced crash following the next day.  :-)

It was a really neat day with our friends.  Their hospitality is always so beyond anything we;d expect. And it is such a treat to find out all about Lintha's Laotian traditions and foods.  It is really sad they moved.  Hopefully we can stay in touch for years to come.


I just love these pictures of Lady Blueeyes with Isabelle's magnifying glass.  :-)